IRWIN (KDKA) — Shortly after he finished an enthusiastic rally in Irwin, Westmoreland County, Mitt Romney sat down with KDKA Political Editor Jon Delano.
“It’s good to be back in western Pennsylvania. I had quite a treat today,” he said. “I got the chance to meet Arnold Palmer, an American hero. What a great man.”
Romney was told that his Irwin event was the most energetic of the four he’s had here.
He said people are waking up to President Obama.
“As he describes his economic philosophy, his views about America, people are saying that sounds more and more out of touch with middle class families who are having hard times right now,” Romney said. “And that’s why I think you’re seeing the kind of energy coming to our campaign.”
Romney was asked about claims that because of his great wealth he cannot relate to middle class Americans.
Delano: “Is there something in your tax returns that middle income folks might not like? Is that part of the reason for the reluctance to release tax returns?”
Romney: “Well, I’m releasing two years of tax returns. It’s the same as John McCain.”
True, but still much less than Barack Obama, George Bush, and George Romney (his father) released when they first ran.
The controversial photo voter ID law could remove 750,000 voters, so Romney was reminded of PA House Majority leader Mike Turzai’s words in support of this measure.
Delano: “He said to a group of Republicans, ‘This is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.’ What’s your view on this photo ID law?”
Romney: “Well, I believe that everyone should have the right to have their vote counted.”
But Romney disputes that so many are affected.
“I would be very surprised if people who want to vote, who are legitimate voters, would not have the capacity to vote,” he added.
Ending on a sports note, Romney was asked to pick a baseball winner between the front-running division leaders Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.
“I’m not going to take a position on Pittsburgh versus Cincinnati. By the way, I need Pennsylvania and Ohio both, so I’d be foolish to do so.”